The HTC One X "Real-user" review: All things photography; a day at the zoo. Bonus four-way shootout Vs the Galaxy Note, iPhone 4S and a standalone digital camera!

, posted: 23-May-2012 08:00

Woven through this piece I'm going to tell the story of a day at the zoo with photos taken exclusively from the One X. Like all good days, this one started with a home made coffee (and a nice post-processing filter courtesy of the gallery app).

Smartphones are cannibals; they consume other devices by making them obsolete. Witness for example what they’ve done to standalone alarm clocks. Their appetite hasn’t been remotely sated by that entree though, and right now they’re poised a good way along the road to gobbling the market for standalone GPS units, mp3 players, portable media players and handheld games consoles. But what about cameras?

If you believe the marketing divisions from mobile phone manufacturers, it would seem standalone cameras are on the imminent verge of going the way of the dodo too thanks to smartphones. Should you believe them?  No, no you shouldn’t. Never believe anything anybody in advertising says about anything. When it comes to advertising I’m with Bill Hick’s (if that reference has you scratching your head, YouTube has enlightenment and a bunch of laughs waiting for you). Having said that, I do actually believe it will happen in a future that is now only a few years away. If you want evidence to support that statement I will simply say “Look at some Nokia Pure View 5mp samples at full zoom”, and rest my case.

HTC are pretty keen for you to believe you should sell up your standalone and throw in your lot with the One X camera, but I guess you can probably infer how I feel about that by now. It begs the question then, if it isn’t good enough for that yet, just how good is it? Have HTC really upped their game with respect to the camera, or is the One X destined to be another forgettable imaging device in their rather long history of mediocre imaging devices?

Read on to find out!

Naturally my fiance wanted one too, a good expose for the macro mode

OK, so let’s start with the (very) good – the software that supports the 8mp camera on the One X. I really have to commend HTC on what they’ve done here, it’s a significant leap from what they’ve done before, and really puts them in the driver’s seat as far as currently available handsets go.

Let’s break it down into some bullet points, everyone loves bullet points:
  • Start-up time, shutter speed and shot-to-shot speed are superb.
  • The UI is excellent,
    • Settings are very quickly and easily accessible, something which has not always been true of their camera UIs
    • The photo and video capture buttons are both present in the viewfinder screen. I simply cannot emphasize enough how good this apparently small innovation is. Smartphone photography owes a lot to them being on your person at most times, a lot of what they capture are candid moments – brief moments in time that pass a long time before you could retrieve a “real” camera. Not having to wait those few excruciating seconds as ‘the moment’ expires in front of you while you switch modes is golden.
    • The feature set is utterly superb:
      • The ability to take still shots whilst shooting 1080p video (if I were to quibble though I’d say it’s a feature very slightly marred by the framing of the resulting shot being different than what you see in the video viewfinder).
      • Burst mode, capable of taking up to 4 shots a second (the performance deteriorates in lower light settings). As a father with a toddler I can personally attest to how great this feature is for capturing fast moving subjects at just the right moment.
      • A great set of shooting modes including panorama and high dynamic range.
      • Rich camera settings including the ability to customize ISO and White Balance parameters, face detection, smile detection and Geo-tagging (embedding your location into the photos EXIF data).
      • A range of filters available within the camera app, including not only common filters like Sepia or Negative, but also some excellent filters like depth of field.
      • The ability for some post-processing too in the form of the editing functions available in the One X Gallery application to alter things like colour temperature, or add even more filters.

Lions out basking. The cameras dynamic range is shown up here a little by the broad luminance range of the scene, but the shot is pretty pleasing overall

Stills are good on the One X, but not more than that. If that sounds like a condemnation of faint praise, well, it is and it isn’t. Photos from the One X are around the same level we saw from other manufacturers' best efforts last year. That’s not to say they’re bad by any stretch of the imagination, and in the context of HTC's historic imaging credentials that’s actually a rather impressive turnaround.

If you look at the images taken in good light closely you can see that the One X resolves a bit less detail than the Galaxy phones of last year, partly because of overly aggressive sharpening algorithms, and partly because of heavier lossy compression and the noise that generates. The images tend also to have a decreased dynamic range in comparison to the Galaxy phones. If you're not looking that closely though, and let's face it most users don't, then there really isn’t much between them outside of personal preference.

If you look at photo's in lower light the One X does better than the Galaxy phones with it's superior F/2.0 aperture, although the difference isn't as large as you'd expect -  some of the advantage is lost because of the sheer amount of noise in One X shots. I should also mention that I tended to find the One X's camera a bit hit and miss in low light, while the best shots were better than the Galaxy phones, the reproducibility of obtaining those shots wasn't as reliable.

An HDR shot, you can see it achieves a better result than we got with the lions (in fact for basically any static image in bright light on the One X I tend to use HDR mode, you can't really use it for moving subjects because the multiple exposures create ghosting, although you can create some great images by taking advantage of that too at times)

Since the hardware is superior, you have to ask why the pictures aren't showing that in as dramatic a fashion as you might expect. I think it's the image processing software myself. The reason I say that is that if you install a third party camera application from the Play Store, say Camera ZoomFX for example, and take snaps in low light you'll notice better resolution of detail. They do tend to be a little over-exposed, presumably on the basis of the third party apps not managing the backside-illuminated sensor and F/2.0 aperture quite as well, but as a proof-of-concept exercise it certainly suggests the One X sensor is capable of more than we're seeing on present firmwares.

Hopefully HTC can improve on this with future firmware updates, but for now that's how it is, and while it doesn't seem to quite be living up to its promise, it's good and most users will be satisfied.

There are some great effects in the stock camera app, this one is using the depth of field effect and was only possible because of the great shutter speed of the One X - I love how the depth of field conveys the sense of movement!

Right near the top I introduced the software side of the One X camera as “the good”, which rather intimated the fact that “the bad” would follow at some point. We’ve reached that bit. Where the stills camera really holds its own against competitors, perhaps falling the tiniest bit short of its main competitors for certain things like resolution of fine detail, the video camera is frankly disappointing in comparison.

The main problem here is that video is captured at quite a low bitrate of 10mbps, and in fact often even lower than that, resulting in a lot of lost detail. I’m at a bit of loss to explain this, since HTC have implemented better video recording with higher bitrates on a number of previous handsets, for example last year’s flagship the Sensation.

If I’m being charitable I’ll simply chalk it up to being on early firmware, and HTC will improve video capture in future iterations of One X firmwares. If I’m being less charitable I’m inclined to think this is partly due to the One X not having a memory card slot, a decision on HTC’s part that irritates me no end (all the more so for them being able to make room for a card slot in Sprint’s One X equivalent in the States).

I can almost hear the objections starting in some minds already, “But I can’t even fill the 16GB on my iPhone, how could anyone possibly need more than 32GB of storage?” and “Pshaw, I’m on the cloud baby!” I’m going to respond to those thoughts, starting with a quote. Bill Gates is famously attributed with the having said the following: “640K ought to be enough for anybody” That’s laughable in retrospect, right? So why then do so many espouse a scaled-up version of the same anachronistic sentiment now? Just because you don’t use much storage now, it doesn’t mean nobody does, and certainly doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.

More and more people are producing and consuming high definition video content, higher quality digital audio, and playing storage-intensive high quality games. People's storage requirements are increasing, and the cloud can't cover all of that (or at least certainly not at present). For example; you can't stream music when you listen to FLAC files at roughly 30MB/song, you can't stream the install files for high quality games, and at the times when you're away from home and watching video content on your phone streaming that content is also less than ideal.


After the zoo it's time for dinner, HDR creating a typically moody shot of the sky

Anyways, looking at video recorded on the One X I see file sizes that are less than 1MB/s of recorded second, whereas on the Galaxy S II I see files with 2-3MB/s of recorded second. When your users are forced to live within the confines of 25GB of available user space, I can see how you might want to compromise on video quality for the sake of minimizing storage difficulties.

As someone who came to the One X a skeptic in relation to its camera based on earlier experiences with HTC devices, it’s interesting sitting down and actually drawing my thoughts together into a conclusion. My impressions of the One X camera had a rather intriguing trajectory – things started off extremely well, then waned after some pixel-peeping at full zoom images, and then rose again as I came to fully appreciate the software and look at it more from the perspective of normal consumers (who rarely, if ever, examine their pictures at full zoom to trawl them with a fine tooth comb looking for preservation of fine detail and the like).

…so, in the end, how do I sum up the HTC One X camera?
  • The One X’s camera user interface and feature set are best in class right now.
  • As a still camera it’s good, not as good as HTC would have you believe, but certainly holding its own against the most highly regarded 8mp snappers from last year. I would hope that HTC improve the image processing software a bit though, because the sensor and F/2.0 aperture certainly seem capable of delivering more.
  • Video leaves a fair bit to be desired, but its early days and based on the experience with the Sensation I expect this will improve in future firmware revisions (how long you’ll wait for Telecom to roll those updates out is another matter of course, but that’s a rant for another day).
  • For the present, as a complete package looking at UI, features, images and video I think it probably leads the mainstream smartphone pack by a small margin (I say mainstream smartphone pack because if you include the Nokia N8 or Pure-view cameras, the One X/Galaxy S2/iPhone 4S all fall dramatically short). The big question is how long can it hold that crown in the face of upcoming challengers from Samsung and Apple?

...and the boy is off to sleep now, time for a mojito to finish the day. This striking shot was created when the flash fired in one of the HDR exposures creating the “impossible light source” effect in the mint leaves shadows. This shot isn’t so much to illustrate HDR again, but more to illustrate how the wide feature set of the One X camera can let you flex your creative muscle a bit more than you may have been accustomed to.

Four-way camera shootout, there can be only One?
For all that I've opined above, there is nothing quite like a blind camera shootout to find out which cameras really produce the best results in the eyes of users. What follows is a series of shots taken in succession under the same conditions by the following devices: a 14mp Panasonic Lumix FZ-100 standalone camera (not in the DSLR quality range, but better than your typical point and shoot), the One X, a Galaxy Note, and an iPhone 4S.

In each of the scenes being compared I've randomized the order the contestants shots appear in, the  FZ-100 images have been resized to 8mp so that you can't pick 'em for size alone, and all the EXIF data has been stripped – you'll have to trust your eyes to discern which is best! Also, all the shots are taken with automatic settings, since that is how most people use their cellphone cameras most of the time, and so has the most external validity and generalisability.

If you want to get your pixel-peep on, you can download the full resolution images from here or here Don’t feel obliged to though, the whole point of this is to get organic feedback – be as scientific or unscientific as you like in how you choose your winners!

To prevent inter-observer bias (you know, where the first person says “this one is clearly the best because of X-Y-Z”, and all subsequent viewers impressions are contaminated?) what I’d like you to do is refrain from commenting on images in the shootout for now. Instead simply rank the pictures in each of the following series of comparison shots from best to worst, and email your ratings to this temporary email address If you also want to comment on any of the pictures feel free, a bit of qualitative data never goes amiss. Next week I’ll reveal how the cameras did!

Oh, and be warned: there is some serious headphone porn coming up, if headphones are your thing you might want to consider a private viewing. Ditto the Star Wars lego.

Series One: Pitch black room







Series 2: Low light without flash








Series 3: Same scene, with flash







Series 4: Outdoors, overcast







Series 5: Indoors, fair lighting, macro headphone porn







About the author

My name is Murray Winiata. When I'm not on my own time I work as a medical doctor in General Practice, and when I am on my own time I'm a dad, blogger, obsessive home barista, audio enthusiast and guitarist.  Online I'm probably better known by my handle "NZtechfreak" via my participation in many online forums including, but not limited to, Geekzone, XDA-Developers, AndroidForums and Head-Fi. Previously I've blogged for Clove Technologies in the UK, and more recently at my own blog Like most smartphone owners I'm fully social-media'd up, and you can find me on Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Facebook. If you've got burning questions about the HTC One X you'd like me to try and answer, or you want my up-to-the-minute impressions and experiences with the One X, then Twitter would be the best channel to tune in to. Besides that, I'm always available here at Geekzone, which remains one of the best little corners of the internet (even in spite of my membership!). Naturally I'm thrilled to have been chosen to blog about the HTC One X here at the TelecomTech blog, and plan to bring my trademark objectivity to the fray once again. Catch you here again soon!

My Take on the HTC One X vs Galaxy S III Debate

, posted: 22-May-2012 12:02

UPDATE: "This blog post was originally written only a day after the announcement of the Galaxy S III and due to the delayed posting of it, it is not as relevant today as it was a few weeks ago. My views on the Galaxy S III, noticeably the design and performance areas, has improved noticeably. As such, if I get my hands on a certain Samsung flagship in time I will write a revised post as a follow-up to this one."

A few days ago we all witnessed the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S III in London. Thanks to that annoying thing we call hype, many Android fans left their computer displays at 7am that morning somewhat disappointed. We saw it with the iPhone 4S, and we saw it again today with the Galaxy S III. Hype dramatically increases disappointment levels. This rule is universal.

I can’t help but think the design of the Galaxy is just a refresh of the Galaxy Nexus launched last year. Heck, it even reminds me of an enlarged Galaxy Mini, and the similarities are noticeable.

Samsung’s designs should be flowing downwards starting at the top rather than upwards.

Where the S III apparently has a polycarbonate back cover, the gloss finish presents the cheapo brushed plastic look. The One X on the other hand has the luxurious feeling of a polycarbonate body with a much more matte finish. Plus a body that won’t inherently vibrate on a desk, annoying anyone within a 10 foot radius.

The Galaxy is 0.1 cm wider than the One X, and in a world where the One X is not trusted in one handed use, the Galaxy won’t be any better. Honestly, I never realised where people were coming from when they wanted a smaller, yet powerful smartphone. I understand them now. The One X is just impossible to use securely in one hand, I always find my left right supporting it.

Let’s face it, the One X just looks better. It has a curved display and has a premium feel, as opposed to the slab of cheap looking plastic the S III is. If Samsung wants to be like Apple so much with their “feng shui” and “nature” marketing, why do they build something that appears so cheap?

Winner: HTC One X

The Display
Obviously I have not seen the Galaxy’s display in person, but specs go a long way to giving you a great idea. The 0.1 inch larger display seems more like a effort to out-do HTC - a secret little competition I don’t care about, and personally dislike.

The Super IPS LCD 2 display on the One X is amazing. It isn’t a display, it’s a moving picture. I use, and test, phones how I (and emphasis on the I) use them. I don’t watch HD movies or anything like that on it. That’s not me.

In everything else, from general phone duty use to browsing to gaming the One X’s display has it covered. Viewing angles, colour saturation and pixel density I have never witnessed better.

The S III’s screen is 0.1 inch larger with the same resolution and is of the HD Super AMOLED variety. The lack of a Plus badging means that indeed it has a Pentile matrix, but I really wonder how obvious this is going to be on a 4.8 inch display with over 900,000 pixels.

Samsung has apparently managed to turn down the colour saturation on the S III and as usual blacks are perfect so it could be the perfect, ultra-portable movie watching device (for those that are into that stuff) short of the Galaxy Note.

Winner: HTC One X

The One X has Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset, while the Galaxy has a Exynos 4 Quad (4412) chipset. Both have a quad core ARM Cortex A9 CPU. The four cores in the One X clock up to 1.5 GHz, I haven’t seen anything on the Galaxy.

GPU wise, the HTC has a ULP Geforce and the Samsung has the superior (hardware at least) ARM Mali400 MP4. And yes, this is the same GPU that was found in the Galaxy S II, it has just been clocked significantly higher.

Looking at early benchmarks CPU benchmarks are pretty even between the two, with the One X possibly just taking the lead. This could of course being caused by the Tegra 3 being clocked slightly higher than the Exynos.

Browser benchmarks show the Galaxy taking an impressive lead in Browsermark, Vellamo and a small one in Sunspider Javascript. The GPU benches is where the Exynos chipset gets to stretch its legs, comfortably beating the One X in GLBenchmark and Rightware Basemark.

However, the Tegra powered One X has full access to TegraZone, Qualcomm has their own Snapdragon GameCommand platform that will be expanded over the coming months. Exynos (and OMAP) on the other hand, they don’t really have anything.

TegraZone has games like Dark Meadow (pictured above) which finally gives Android the gaming experience that Apple has had sorted for a while now.

Do you want kickass games or 10-30% better benchmark scores?

Winner: Too close to say


I enjoy Sense 4.0, to the point I actually prefer it over stock Ice Cream Sandwich. I hate Samsung TouchWiz UX. I know you can always install custom launchers, but again, most people are going to be running stock most of the time so I am basing it on that.

Considering not much else really effects the software balance (or that I could compare without an Galaxy S III on hand)...

Winner: HTC One X

The Samsung Galaxy S III has created iPhone-type flame wars back and forth between not loyal Apple-ites, but the Android army’s own HTC allies. Many people have now come to their senses that the iPhone is lost in its own little world with its tiny 3.5 inch screen. The 4 inch HTC Incredible S (former daily driver) feels - and looks - tiny to me now, I’d hate to discover what an iPhone or smaller Android feels like.

Between the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X though, I am leaning towards the southern area of the East China Sea. If I did happen to buy the HTC One X outright (thanks Geekzone and Telecom!) then I would in no way be enduring buyer’s regret right now.

Saying this, I don’t speak for the 99% but I probably speak on behalf of them. Some of the Galaxy S III’s perceived benefits such as a Wolfson DAC,  GLONASS GPS support and a MicroSD slot really don’t matter to me, or 99% of the population.

a) It’s a phone, not a mobile mixing and mastering rig. b) Who cares about the Russian satellites? I can get a 6 foot lock easily from my windowsill and the sky view isn’t brilliant. c) 32 gigabytes of storage is more than enough for all the music, video and application you (should) need to have on your phone, plus there is always the cloud.

What phone is going to sell more? The Samsung Galaxy S III
What phone is going to be the quiet achiever? The HTC One X

About the author

I’ll be honest: there was once a day when I got bored and sick of seeing all the smartphone related news in my RSS feeds. This day was literally no more than nine months ago. Well here I stand today; known as Blair the college student in the real world, ArchSerpo in this one. Whilst not even considered an adult by the Government I have established myself as a Android and mobile technology news reporter and in depth reviewer for KitGuru, Android Mobile New Zealand, and now (hopefully) the TelecomTech blog. While bias towards the green team may appear given, I have had experience with all the major mobile operating systems except BlackBerry and MeeGo in the last six months and always keep an open mind.

This thing is impossible to rough up

, posted: 22-May-2012 11:33

For the last three weeks or so I have tried my very best to rough up the the white polycarbonate body of HTC One X. While I am not courageous, or brave enough to cover the back in permanent marker and attempt to rub it out like this guy I have still yet to cause any marks that can’t be removed in seconds.

When I have started to notice some black marks starting to appear on the where the battery cover perhaps should have been they have all disappeared without any of my own doing.

The other few times some marks did stick around some saliva always did the trick in seconds. My One X hasn’t been sitting around in a case sitting on a desk all day either. It has been in shorts, unwashed jeans and even a bit of rain, and all it has to show for it is a bit of grime in the power button and the usual fingerprints.

If have perhaps been holding back on a One X purchase due to thinking that the white polycarbonate body will be easily marked, think again. The shell that encases the the Tegra 3 processor and other chips should cause no problems, and so far, at least in my case is still as good as new.

About the author

I’ll be honest: there was once a day when I got bored and sick of seeing all the smartphone related news in my RSS feeds. This day was literally no more than nine months ago. Well here I stand today; known as Blair the college student in the real world, ArchSerpo in this one. Whilst not even considered an adult by the Government I have established myself as a Android and mobile technology news reporter and in depth reviewer for KitGuru, Android Mobile New Zealand, and now (hopefully) the TelecomTech blog. While bias towards the green team may appear given, I have had experience with all the major mobile operating systems except BlackBerry and MeeGo in the last six months and always keep an open mind.

HTC One-X Pocketability, Screen vs other popular models

, posted: 21-May-2012 09:44

Heading into my third week with the HTC One X, and a few of my iPhone owning colleagues wanted to know what it’s like to carry this handset around.

In my opinion, it feels better in the pocket than the iPhone 4.  It feels similar in shape/slimness to the Samsung Galaxy SII.  The polycarbonate backing also gives you a sense of security, allowing you to throw keys in with it - something I never did with the iPhone 4.
It’s slim enough to go into the same pocket as a wallet, while still allowing easy access. This means I’ve been able to walk round with both my work and personal phone in the same pocket.

After showing my iPhone colleagues how well it stacked up, I decided to meet up with some old colleagues who were provided with HTC phones: the Wildfire S, and the Sensation S.  Both are under a year old, but compared to the One-X, the screens look decidedly different.

From left to right: HTC Wildfire S, HTC One X, HTC Sensation

The Sensation, although sporting a Super-LCD display, tends to go grey on side viewing angles.  The Wildfire S, sporting a standard LCD, looks even worse.  The Super-LCD2 on the HTC-One X provides remarkable viewing angles.  Very close to the iPhone 4S, and Galaxy S2.

The difference in Sense UI was noticeable also.  The Wildfire had Gingerbread, with Sense 3.0. It was extremely bloated, and overtook most of the UI.  The Sensation was closer to the HTC One X, with ICS 4.0, and a Sense 3.5 interface.  However, it is still quite clunky compared to Sense 4.0.

All three of the HTC phones had mate plastic/polycarbonate backs, which made them less likely to slip while in the hand.

From left to right: HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Apple iPhone 4S

Heading back to the office, I decided to get a few of the most popular phones together for a photo shoot.  The HTC One X, the Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Nexus, and the iPhone 4S.  My overall rating was:
  • Best fit in the pocket – Winner HTC One-X, runner up the Galaxy S2
  • Widest number of viewing angles – Winner Galaxy SII, runner up the One-X/iPhone 4S
  • Best colour reproduction – Tie Galaxy SII for its vibrant blacks, HTC One-X for its real colours
  • Slimmest  – Tie between the Galaxy SII and HTC One X, both were about the same thickness
  • Best operability in direct sunlight – tie between the iPhone 4S, and the HTC One-X, followed closely by the Galaxy SII.
  • Least slippery – Winner HTC One X, runner up Galaxy Nexus.  Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy SII are quite slippery in the hand and I have in fact dropped both over the last year!

Front top to bottom: Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy SII, HTC One X

Overall, the screen clarity, design, and thinness all help the HTC One X  to be one of the easiest to pocket.  Just beware of the camera lens if you do put keys in your pocket.  It is the one part that seems to attract scratches, as mentioned in my first review.

About the author

I am Vincent Garcia: an ICT Specialist by day; technology geek and DIY handyman by night. I enjoy playing with gadgets, old and new.  Taking most of them through the paces, and to within an inch of their lives! I also enjoy tinkering with things; spending most of my weekends repairing my motorcycles, or renovating my house.  I live in the windy city of Wellington, with my lovely wife Nicola, and my cat Morange. When I was offered the opportunity to review the new HTC One X series, I jumped at the chance.  The short aeroplane trip to Auckland was all part of the fun!  If you want to ask any questions, please add a comment below, or email

Being friendly with the HTC One X

, posted: 18-May-2012 12:18

This week I decided to stop being anti-social with my phone and started communicating with my friends and family again. Text messaging sufficed for most. However, I also wanted to contact a few family members and friends overseas in more depth than texting allows, but I was too cheap to call.

Fortunately for me, the HTC One X integrates nicely with e-mail and social networking applications. I used my Gmail first.  The large display and newer Gmail app work well together.  I can now view 5-8 emails with short summaries (depending on screen orientation), versus the 3-5 emails a time on the Galaxy S II.  While it may not sound like many more, it makes wading through emails a lot faster.

Facebook integration is getting very close to the desktop site now.  Most Facebook features are available in the HTC OneX’s Facebook app, including: messaging, photo uploads, and wall updates.  I now hardly ever need to use my PC to check Facebook, as it’s all in the palm of my hand.  By using the HTC integrated contact list, you can easily send a Facebook message to anyone on your list.

There are a number of built-in HTC apps to help socialise also.  The eBuddy app is a hybrid of various messengers.  You can add in Yahoo, Google, MSN, and Facebook, if you want.  I didn’t use it myself, as I don’t have a Yahoo or MSN account.

I found the DropBox  app much more useful.  HTC has provided a very generous 25GB of storage space, which can hold anything you want to transport, from home to work, or anywhere else.  Or, you can share a dropbox link with your family and friends on Facebook.  It’s relatively fast, you can upload photos/videos from the phone, or you can download the DropBox app onto your PC and transfer files from PC to phone.  This saves the need to connect the phone via USB, which is excellent for people who can never find their USB cables.

The final social connectivity app HTC has implanted in the phone is FriendStream, which aims to combine all social networks into one Stream on your desktop.  Unfortunately only Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Hyves are active.  In the future Google+, Youtube, Digg, and LastFM should arrive.

It’s a handy wee application for those wanting to continually receive status updates, and friend check-ins.
Overall the integrated features, and quality of applications in ICS, and the speed at which the HTC One X loads, is impressive.  It’s getting to the point where we can go longer without computers, while using our phones for social networking, and communication.

About the author

I am Vincent Garcia: an ICT Specialist by day; technology geek and DIY handyman by night. I enjoy playing with gadgets, old and new.  Taking most of them through the paces, and to within an inch of their lives! I also enjoy tinkering with things; spending most of my weekends repairing my motorcycles, or renovating my house.  I live in the windy city of Wellington, with my lovely wife Nicola, and my cat Morange. When I was offered the opportunity to review the new HTC One X series, I jumped at the chance.  The short aeroplane trip to Auckland was all part of the fun!  If you want to ask any questions, please add a comment below, or email

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